Dunkin’ Donuts Plans to Introduce Gluten-Free Bakery Items to U.S. DD Restaurants By End of 2013

By Stan Frankenthaler, Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation

At Dunkin’ Donuts, we recognize the importance of providing our guests with many options, including alternative choices for people with food and dietary restrictions, and we’re always exploring a wide variety of products to meet these needs. Later this year, we are planning to introduce a certified gluten-free Cinnamon Sugar Donut and gluten-free Blueberry Muffin to meet the needs of our guests who are looking for gluten-free bakery items.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Beginning later this year, participating U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will have the option to offer certified gluten-free bakery products, including a new gluten-free Cinnamon Sugar Donut and a gluten-free Blueberry Muffin. Our culinary and commercialization teams have worked very hard to create these new gluten-free menu items to be just as delicious as all of our product offerings. It took a great deal of experimentation to come up with the correct, unique blend of rice flours and certain starches such as potato and tapioca to replace traditional wheat flour. 

The Dunkin’ Donuts’ gluten-free Cinnamon Sugar Donut is an old-fashioned cake donut coated with cinnamon sugar and the gluten-free Blueberry Muffin features all of the best attributes of Dunkin’ Donuts’ classic blueberry muffin, including being topped with our signature crunchy baking sugar. I’m excited to say both of our gluten-free items are delicious and more importantly, customers in our test markets have told us they are too. 

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Both items are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization, prepared in a dedicated facility and individually packaged to avoid cross contamination. The suggested retail price for the gluten-free Cinnamon Sugar Donut is $1.89 and $2.39 for the gluten-free Blueberry Muffin.


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